The Media & coverage of WPV
The media and workplace violence (WPV), it’s kind of a love/hate relationship I believe with them, no matter which medium, and violence in a business. It used to be that the media was all over a WPV incident, no matter how small.
Now, the reporting of a WPV incident is still reported but unless it involves multiple shooting victims it’s soon forgotten, should I mention Marysville WA. And the mass shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School? And the media reports WPV in practically every newscast they just don’t call it that.
A couple of recent examples are as follows;
*The 68-year-old man in Minneapolis who attacked nurses with an IV pole in a hospital
*The veteran in Norman, OK who took hostages and released them a few hours later
*The cop who was attacked sitting in his patrol car in Washington D.C. with an axe
*The employee who set fire to a Dollar General store in Rostraver Township, PA
*The active shooter threat, a hoax, at the Boeing plant in Everettt, WA.
How many of these incidents did you hear about? I would venture to say that most of you didn’t hear about any of them. And if you did it was only one. To be perfectly honest, I heard about most of these late night on the ABC Radio News, between 0100 and 0400 MST.
WPV gets reported every single day, as I stated above. But unless it is a mass shooting it’s not reported very well. It’s a trap that all media fall into. I believe it harkens back to the gun control debate is the reasoning behind it, and even FOX has to report it as such because of the ratings race.
So, while the reporting may be down, at least in the public eye, WPV is just as prevalent as ever. I again refer to the study completed in 2006 by the University of South Florida. It stated that more than 15 MILLION employees are actual victims of WPV every year.
But again, since most of these involve threats, harassment, bullying, and the like, it rarely gets reported. Remember what the Ebola scare did for us just a few short weeks ago?
If the media turned their powerful eyes and reporting to the WPV incidents then I believe, we could really bring attention to it. Much like the Domestic Violence issue of just a few weeks before Ebola.
I shall now get off of my soapbox and say I am happy that the media reports these stories, but I just wish they gave more attention during reporting to bring attention to the problem.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
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